Cathy McClelland formerly served on our Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business and Labor. She is president and chief executive officer of McClelland & Associates, a team of business development professionals with years of experience in helping entrepreneurs start and expand their companies. She founded, designed, developed and managed award winning entrepreneurship training and technical assistance programs, as well as skill enhancement classes. She has 20 years experience in coaching, managing and developing management staff responsible for business development, skill enhancement and job creation program. She also collaborated with the U.S. Small Business Administration to develop an award winning Women’s Business Center. McClelland’s awards include: Small Business Administration 2008 Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award; Hewlett Packard 2008 Entrepreneurship Education Leadership Award; Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame 2004 Inductee; and Presidential Award for Excellence presented at the White House. She received a bachelor’s degree and has taken master’s courses from Michigan State University.